(noun, adjective, verb)


1. not reflecting light; not glossy

- a photograph with a matte finish

Similar word(s): dull, flat, matt, matte, matted


1. a thick flat pad used as a floor covering

Definition categories: man–made

2. mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture

Similar word(s): matting

Definition categories: man–made, mounting

3. sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports

Definition categories: man–made

4. a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven

- a mat of weeds and grass

Definition categories: object, mass

5. a master's degree in teaching

Definition categories: communication

6. the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss

Similar word(s): flatness, matt, matte

Definition categories: attribute, dullness

7. a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete

Similar word(s): raft

Definition categories: man–made, base, foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure

8. a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it

Definition categories: man–made, pad

Sentences with mat as a noun:

- Wipe your feet on the mat before coming in.

- They put mats on the table during mealtimes.

- The high jumper cleared the bar and landed safely on the mat.

- a mat of hair; a mat of weeds

- the mat of a daguerreotype

- To make a luck potion, you need several rare herbs as mats.


1. twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

Similar word(s): entangle, snarl, tangle

Definition categories: contact, distort, twine, twist

2. change texture so as to become matted and felt-like

Similar word(s): felt, matte

Definition categories: change